Friday, July 13, 2018

Weezer / Pixies (7/11/18)

I was surprised to see Pixies and Weezer touring together!  While I’d be intrigued to see each of them separately, put them together at Blossom with $20 lawn seats, and I’ll definitely go!  While neither band has been top of my agenda lately, both have had some great songs - and it was fun to be sitting outside on a beautiful evening with friends to watch.  That being said, capturing media of the show wasn’t my top priority, but here’s what I got… (Scene’s review below)

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"The band’s expermintal new album blurs the lines between pop and alternative. It seemed like an alright plan, but the issue is that Weezer is not Imagine Dragons, and they should be held to a higher standard. But they’re also not the Beach Boys, the group that inspired the new album. When Weezer stops trying so hard to be somebody else and stays true to itself, the magic happens, and that’s what happened onstage last night.

‘We have a lot to talk about right now,’ said drummer Patrick Wilson. ‘It’s Scott’s birthday and Weezer’s cover of Toto’s ‘Africa’ went straight to the top of the charts.’"

(Via Weezer Focuses on the Hits for Its Blossom Show | Scene and Heard: Scene's News Blog.)

Article: Cain Park celebrates 80 years of outdoor arts in Cleveland Heights

This being Cain Park's Art Festival weekend, I thought it would be a good time to share this article… 

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"For 80 years, Cain Park in Cleveland Heights has entertained audiences under the stars with quality theatre, nationally-known musical and comedy acts, and arts showcases.

Bob Hope, Harry Belafonte, Sarah McLachlan, Livingston Taylor, and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones are just some of the famous names that have graced the Evans Amphitheater stage, while theater productions like The Toxic Avenger, Hair, and Bat Boy The Musical have attracted sold-out crowds.

Renowned actors like Hal Holbrook, Dom DeLuise, Carol Kane, Jack Weston, and Pernell Roberts have also performed over the park’s history on sets designed by industrial artist and Cleveland native Viktor Schreckengost. And then there's the yearly Cain Park Arts Festival, a three-day juried art event held each July drawing as many as 150 local and national artists, selling their work at every price point."

(Via Cain Park celebrates 80 years of outdoor arts in Cleveland Heights.)

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Tri-C Jazz Fest (6/30/18)

After a beautiful night seeing Ray LaMontagne & Neko Case at Nautica, we stumbled upon Tri-C’s Jazz Fest in Playhouse Square!  I always have plans to go every year, but seeing this will make it a priority next year!

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Ray LaMontagne / Neko Case (6/30/18)

A beautiful night outside on the river, watching Neko Case & Ray LaMontange = no brainer.  Both were as excellent as always, and I particularly loved the shout out to the Beachland Ballroom crew by Neko Case.  Love that woman.
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Neko Case  6 30 18
As for Ray, I’ll let Scene take it from here:

"Wearing a ragged cowboy hat and jeans (he owns a farm, so he can pull it off), LaMontagne ignored his more popular tunes like ‘Jolene,’ ‘Trouble’ and ‘Supernova.’ And yet, with the backing of his fine four-piece band, he still managed to deliver an engaging set that had a quiet intensity to it (he’s said in interviews that some of the songs on Part of the Light reference the current political climate) in front of a respectful crowd that filled about three-fourths of the venue.
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He's a real class act, and his fans seem to acknowledge and understand that he enjoys performing live even if he doesn't offer much in the way of banter.
Alt-country singer-songwriter Neko Case opened with a 40-minute set that adroitly veered from tender ballads to power-pop anthems. Her five-piece band nicely complimented her powerful voice, and she capably switched from tambourine to electric and acoustic guitar during her performance."
(Via Ray LaMontagne Taps Into a Classic '60s Vibe at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica | Scene and Heard: Scene's News Blog.)
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Ray LaMontagne  6 30 18